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PUC 16-17 Season Opens with Princeton Debut of Jamie Barton, mezzo

October 6, 2016

Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton, Metropolitan Opera star and winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, will perform her Princeton debut with pianist James Baillieu on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8PM at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. In this first event of Princeton University Concerts’ (PUC) Concert Classics Series, Barton brings a program of late Romantic lieder, a wonderful showcase for her richly detailed instrument which the Los Angeles Times calls “the darkly creamy lager that poured forth from altos of yore.” The evening includes songs by Joachim Turina, Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak, and Charles Ives. Ticketholders are welcome to hear insights into the program at a free 7PM pre-concert lecture by vocalist and Westminster Choir College professor Lindsay Christiansen.

Barton will also launch the new Performers as Teachers series when she coaches talented Princeton University student vocalists on the following morning: Friday, October 7, 2016, 12:30PM at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall. In this free workshop, the star will offer the community an incredible opportunity of going behind-the-scenes as she shares her understanding of music and the art of performance. The class will allow everyone, regardless of any proficiency with the instrument, a unique, deep engagement with music from the other side of the curtain. Further events in the Performers as Teachers series will include workshops with pianists Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov, violinist Rainer Schmidt of the Hagen String Quartet, and violinist Pamela Frank.

This program sets the tone for all that PUC has in store for this upcoming season. The opportunity to hear an artist taking the greatest concert halls in the world by storm, within the intimacy of Richardson Auditorium, is true of every PUC event—from pianist Daniil Trifonov to the Hagen String Quartet to pianist Murray Perahia and more. Barton, “opera’s nose-studded rock star,” (The New York Times) is the embodiment of PUC’s commitment to presenting and shepherding the bright future of classical music as an integral, ever-relevant and diverse aspect of our culture—her genre-defying charisma gives a taste of what is to come when banjo legends Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform at a special event in the spring, or when Benjamin Bagby brings Beowulf to life on an Anglo-Saxon harp. The opening night of the Concert Classics Series has always been a particularly exciting occasion, most recently featuring the Emerson String Quartet, or Meryl Streep with the Takács String Quartet (who will perform the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle this season). A recital by Jamie Barton promises to be as exciting an evening. 

JAMIE BARTON, mezzo-soprano; JAMES BAILLIEU, piano.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8PM
Workshop with Jamie Barton coaching Princeton Students: Friday, October 7, 2016 at 12:30PM, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
TICKETS: $50, $40, $25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.

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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024